The Governorship candidates of PDP and SDP in Ogun state have promised to return the administration of concerned schools to the missionaries if elected into office. This was disclosed at a debate/interactive forum organised by Ogun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria for the governorship candidates of political parties in the state.
The debate was attended by the governorship candidates of six political parties: Senator Akin Odunsi (Social Democratic Party), Gboyega Isiaka (Peoples Democratic Party), Pastor Benjamin Onafadeji (National Conscience Party), Prof. Femi Bamgbose (All Progressives Grand Alliance) and Reverend Olufolabi Adebayo (KOWA Party), while Kawonise appeared for the Labour Party instead of the party’s governorship candidate, Abolaji Sunmola, who was absent.
Odunsi, who said he was a product of the CMS Grammar School, Lagos, stated that the mission schools played important role in inculcating moral values in the young ones in the past.
He noted that the state erred when it took over the running of the mission schools from the religious organisations.
The SDP standard bearer assured the people that if elected, his administration would return the schools to the missionaries.
Bamgbose argued that the government should not only return the schools but also subsidise their running.
Similarly, Isiaka, who said he was part of the immediate past administration, which returned the schools to the missionaries before the current government reversed the process, stated that if elected, his administration would hand them back to the religious bodies within the policy that would be fashioned out.
Isiaka added that within the first 100 days in office if elected, he would convene an education summit to address the various challenges confronting the education sector in the state.
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